Hot on the Campaign Trail

Pursuing the presidency, Connally hopes his horse looks white

The audience is Republican, predominantly white and well-to-do.

The listeners' eyes are fixed intently on the tall, handsome, silver-haired speaker. They examine him carefully, skeptically, expectantly. They search for a clue to the character of this glamorous ex-Governor, ex-Democrat, ex-Cabinet member and crony of many Presidents, who now declares that he can provide the leadership the nation needs. Says he: "In 1980 we must change the course of history."

John Bowden Connally Jr., 62, was speaking to 1,500 party loyalists at a candidates' forum in Chicago, but the mood and curiosity were repeated in 25 cities in ten states...

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